Tell about your own biography using all information you have got.

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Tell about your own biography using all information you have got.

4.4 * Tell about your friends’s biography.



Unit 2. My Family

I. Before you read:

1.1 Pronounce the words properly:

Average, to characterize and describe, appearance, civil engineer, cheerful, pleasant-looking, first-rate, to be fond of, lyceum, quick-tempered, though, surgeon, energy, gardening, kind-hearted, pensioner, united, circus, agree, to quarrel, uncle, each other.

1.2 State the part of speech paying attention to the suffix:

Appearance, sporty, tactful, historical, friendly, local, pensioner, mathematical, engineer, specialist, construction, officer, librarian.

1. 3 Match the columns:

1. average 1.описать
2. to be going to 2.что касается
3. to describe 3. собираться что-л. сделать
4. as for 4.средний
5. appearance 5.прямой нос
6. dark and short hair 6.внешность
7. straight nose 7.строительная компания
8. construction company 8.темные, короткие волосы
9. civilengineer 9. проводить время
10. to spend time 10.быть строгим к кому-л.
11. to be strict with smb. 11. инженер-строитель
12. to consider smb. to be a good mixer 12. веселый
13. cheerful 13.считать кого-л. общительным человеком
14. kind-hearted 14.родственник
15. relative 15.добрый, добродушный
16. well-read 16.улекаться чем-л.
17. to be fond of smth. 17.высокий
18. tall 18. начитанный
19. pleasant-looking 19.светлые волосы
20. fair-hair 20.серые глаза
21. grey eyes 21. симпатичный
22.first-rate specialist 22.быть похожим на кого-л.
23. to look like smb. 23.первоклассный специалист
24. quick-tempered 24. вспыльчивый get along with 25.общительный
26. skilled surgeon 26. ладить с кем-л.
27. to take care of smb. 27. квалифицированный хирург
28. united 28. заботиться о ком-л.
29. to attend 29. ссориться
30. to quarrel 30. сплоченный

Comment on the grammar. Pay attention to the verbs in the Present Simple Active. Give the negative and question –forms.

1. I have a big family.

2. My friend has a small family.

3. My father is an engineer.

4. His parents are doctors.

5. My dad works at a big construction company.

6. His parents work at the university.

7. He studies at the mathematical lyceum.

8. My friends studies at the gymnasium.

9. My mum plays the piano every day.

10. My dad and my brother often play chess on Sundays.

11. My brother seldom watches TV.

12. My grandparents usually watch TV in the evening.

II. Reading:

Everyone can say much about his family. As for me I have an average family. We are six: father, mother, my younger brother, grandfather, grandmother and myself.

And now I am going to characterize and describe each member of our family. I start with my father, Alexey Petrovich by name.

He is forty-eight. As for his appearance, he is tall and sporty. He’s got dark and short hair, brown eyes and a straight nose. He works at a big construction company as a civilengineer. He likes his job and spends much time there. As for his character, I think he is a bit strictwith children, but tactful and loving. People consider him to be agood mixer and he has a lot of friends indeed. My father is a cheerful and kind-hearted man. He likes meeting friends and relatives. He is rather well-read. My dad is fond of the History of the Middle Ages. He has a lot of historical books at home. Also my dad likes travelling and fishing.

My mother, Elena Ivanovna, is forty-six. As for her appearance she is not very tall and has got fair hair and grey eyes. My mum is a very pleasant-looking lady looks young for her age. She works at a hospital as a doctor. She is a first-rate specialist. Like father she is fond of travelling, they visiteda lot of cities and countries together. My mother also likes music. She plays the piano well.

Well, a few words about my younger brother. His name is Igor and he is a teenager of 14. He is tall, thin and sporty with grey eyes and fair short hair. Igor looks like our mother just as I look like our father. He studies at the mathematical lyceum and does very well there. He is a cheerful person, outgoing and active as well as quick-tempered from time to time. But I get along with him though we sometimes have conflicts.

I also have a grandpa and a grandma. They are my mother’s parents. My grandfather was a skilled surgeon at the hospital. He is seventy-two but he is still full of life and energy. He is fond of gardening and spends much time on it. My grandma is sixty-eight years old. As for her profession she was a librarian at the central library. She is a kind-hearted woman and takes care of all of us. My grandparents are pensioners. She has a lot of work to do about the house and does all the cooking for the family. I love my grandparents very much.

To my mind our family is friendly and united. We spend much time together, go for a walk in the local wood, attend theaters, museums, go to the cinema or to the circus. Also we travel a lot with our parents. In the evenings we watch TV, read books and newspapers, talk about the events of the day. Sometimes our parents do not agree with what we say and we quarrel like any other families.

I also have relatives: uncles, aunts, cousins. We are always glad to see each other.

Ш. After you have read:

3.1. Make up sentences from these words:

1. an, for, me, I ,have ,family average, As.

2. much, spends He, his, job, time ,and, likes, there.

3. her ,As, appearance, for , is, not, she, and, very, tall, has, fair, got, hair, grey, and, eyes.

4. studies, lyceum, at ,the, very, and, does, mathematical, He, well ,there.

5. kind-hearted, She, is, a, of ,woman, and, care, takes, all, of, us.


- antonyms to the following words:

to like, to finish, bad, a lot, light, few, old, to love, to hate, to agree , tactful, young, tall, to disagree, short ,to dislike ,happy, good, to start, dark, tactless, to quarrel, cheerful, sad, unhappy, to get along with.

- synonyms to the following words:

Much, dad, big ,to attend, wood, visit, forest, to speak to talk, to like, to be fond of,toargue, to get along with, large, be on good terms with, woman, a lot of, kind-hearted, father, lady, kind, strict, merry, severe, discreet, cheerful, tactful, to quarrel.

3.3 Put the verb into the Past Simple or Future Simple. Use the words: yesterday, ago, last/next week, month, year, tomorrow, in some years/months etc. Give the negative and question –forms.

1. They attend theaters and museums.

2. They spend much time together.

3. They travel a lot with the parents.

4. He studies at the mathematical lyceum.

5. He is a civil engineer.

6. She does all the cooking for the family.

7. In the evenings the parents and the children watch TV, read books and newspapers, talk about the events of the day.

IV. Brush up your talk:

4.1Complete the short dialogues using the phrases from the text:

- Is your family big?

- We are ….


- Do you a have a dad?

-Yes, I …


- What’s your dad’s name….

- His name is…

-How old is your dad?

- He is…


- What about his appearance?

- My dad has got…


- Where does your father work?

- He works …


- What are his hobbies?

- My dad is fond of …


- What is your mum’s job?

- She works …


- What about her hobby?

-My mum ….

- Do you have a sister or a brother?

- I have …


- Does he study at the university?

- No, he …


- What about his character?

- My brother is …


- Do you get along with your brother?

- Well, …


- Do you have grandparents?

- Yes, I …

-Say some words about them, please!

-My grandpa…

-My grandma …

-What do think, is your family friendly?

-To my mind …

Make up your own dialogues using the models from the task 4.1. These phrases and words may be helpful for you.

a) Phrases:

Our family is large (small, not very large). We are the family of seven (two, three, four, five, six): my mother, my father, my aunt, my uncle, my sister, my niece and nephew.

My mother's name is … She is … years old. She is…. My father's name is.... He is .... years old. He is a worker/driver.

My brother and sister are students (pupils). Their names are... .They are older (younger) than me.

He works as a journalist / web designer *.

She works in television/ publishing/ PR (public relations)/ sales/ IT.

They work with computers /children with disabilities .

My mother stays at home and looks after the children.

b) appearance:

tall , strong, brown eyes, blue-eyed, dark (haired) man (woman), curly-haired, red-haired, short, well-shaped, athletic, full-bodied, to look fit.

c) personal qualities:

nice, clever, a man/woman of strong character, patient, sociable, responsible, merry, serious, naughty, kind, careful, pretty (woman), handsome (a man), curious, nice, shy, energetic.

d) professions*:

teacher, doctor, engineer, nurse, administrator, shop assistant, hair dresser, housewife, officer, pensioner, policeman, manager, programmer, builder, electrician, driver, worker, businessman, lawyer, bank worker, secretary, accountant, architect, cook, economist, unemployed.

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